Mike Grella can play in the CONCACAF Champions League game Wednesday, head coach Jesse Marsch says. (Derik Hamilton/USA Today Sports)
Just about all hands and feet will be on deck when the Red Bulls host the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals Wednesday.
That includes midfielder Mike Grella, who had his knee scoped earlier this month, center back Damien Perrinelle, for the second preseason session in Tucson, Ariz., and midfielder Alex Muyl, forced out of action due to a hard challenge in a game.
Head Coach Jesse Marsch said “almost the full complement of guys” will be ready for the game at Red Bull Arena, he told www.NewYorkRedBulls.com.
“With Alex, it was just trying to manage his facial fractures. We expect him to be fit and ready to go for Wednesday.”
Muyl wore a mask to help protect his face fractures in his face suffered in a collision against the New England Revolution
Marsch said that the tight group of players he’s coached over his first two seasons should help them prepare for this huge game so early in the year.
“I want us to take all our different experiences in the past – and it is a different team, there are some big pieces that are different, but a lot of the core leaders are still here and I think they’ll be able to help everyone understand how to approach this game,” he said.
The second leg is set for B.C. Place in Vancouver March 2.